Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  247
  • Protein  25 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  13 g
  • Cholesterol  73 mg
  • Sodium  352 mg
  • Potassium  682 mg
  • Phosphorus  235 mg
  • Calcium  42 mg
  • Fiber  3.1 g

Southwestern Style Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, bursting with vitamin C and antioxidents are also common, and both types of peppers get “star billing” in this kidney-friendly recipe presented by DaVita dietitian Odila from Texas: South Western Style Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Odila from Texas.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1 stuffed bell pepper


  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crush in palm of hand)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 10 ouncesned can Rotel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut tops off each red pepper. Remove seeds and stems.
  3. Parboil peppers for about 4 minutes.
  4. In a large skillet heat canola oil and sauté onions until translucent.
  5. Add ground beef and stir meat around to separate.
  6. Add ground garlic powder, cumin and dried oregano to meat mixture.
  7. Add corn and canned tomatoes with chilies. Mix into meat mixture.
  8. Stand bell peppers in a 2-quart baking pan. Fill with meat mixture, adding any left over to pan.
  9. Cover and bake for 40 minutes.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • If you want less heat add the mild version of canned tomatoes with chilies.
  • Be sure to count as 2 vegetable servings if you are on a low potassium diet. To reduce the potassium to 534 mg add 1-1/2 cups of cooked rice, omit the corn and reduce canned tomatoes and chilies to 1/2 cup.
  • Patients who do peritoneal dialysis or daily home hemodialysis often require a higher potassium intake. This recipe can help provide more potassium.
  • For lower protein CKD-nondialysis diets reduce the ground beef to 1/2 pound of the amount recommended by your dietitian.

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Southwestern Style Stuffed Bell Peppers

hunnykins says:


Even my vegetarian daughter liked this.

Jul. 10, 2011, 12:47 PM - Inappropriate review?

Southwestern Style Stuffed Bell Peppers

lizard says:


Best kidney friendly stuffed pepper recipe I have been able to find! Our whole family loved it! I followed the tips to reduce potassium

Apr. 18, 2011, 8:05 PM - Inappropriate review?

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